Consultant appointed to assess potential upgrades to Kenmare treatment plant

A consultant has been appointed to assess potential upgrades to the Kenmare Wastewater Treatment plant.

Colm Mangan, Water Services Engineer with Kerry County Council, gave members of the South and West Municipal District an update on the various water and wastewater projects in the county at the recent meeting.

There have been issues in the Kenmare Wastewater Treatment plant for some time now; in July of last year, an EPA study showed there were capacity difficulties in the existing plant.

In March of this year, An Bord Pleanála turned down two planning applications due to concerns over the treatment plant.

One of those planning applications was for 55 homes.

Previous MD meetings had heard it’s expected construction on a new facility will not commence until 2020 at the earliest.

Councillor Johnny Healy-Rae asked Colm Mangan for an update on potential upgrades at the plant; he says a consultant has been appointed to access the current plant.

No timeline was given for any proposed works.